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California School Admistrators Address Teacher Shortage

Educators at the California School Board Association’s annual conference explore the San Diego Convention Center's halls looking at trade show booths, Dec. 4, 2015.
Matthew Bowler
Educators at the California School Board Association’s annual conference explore the San Diego Convention Center's halls looking at trade show booths, Dec. 4, 2015.

The California School Board Association’s annual conference drew more than 3,000 educators to the San Diego Convention Center to think about ways to improve schools.

Organizers point to the state’s teacher shortage as one challenge conference-goers are desperate to solve.

The California Teachers Association warns that over the next decade 100,000 classroom teachers need to be hired just to maintain current teacher to student ratios.

Mike Walsh from the California School Board Association said board members from San Diego to Eureka are thinking hard about attracting new teachers.

“How do we reach teachers? How do we recruit them and how do we retain them?” Walsh asked.

Hiring more teachers is about treating all students fairly, Walsh said.

“The teacher shortage is an interesting conversation for us because it seems to center around one of our bigger concerns: equity,” Walsh said.